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Susan Warms Dryfoos
Abraham Eidelmann, an old ultra-orthodox rabbi, has a young wife, Esther, and a young son, Menahem. He spends all his time praying, studying the Torah and preparing his sermons. Abraham has not much time to devote to Esther, who craves affection, nor to Menahem, who is awakening to life. But today Menahem is happy. His father has accepted to go to the Dead Sea for their holidays. Written by
Live Observed in Small Detail, With Worldwide Implications
This movie has to be understood in the context of the tension and conflict between modern and ultraorthodox Judaism, nowhere more sharply drawn than in Jerusalem, its setting. By implication, ultimately this is also the conflict between the West and Islam.
The movie is a critique of Haredi Judaism by one who fled the flock, writer and director David Volach. What sets the film apart is that its scathing indictment is so subtle and subdued, so balanced and circumspect. The story is gently and patiently told, its meaning embedded in biblical allusion, symbol and metaphor. There are no clear villains, no hypocrites or fools, no invective or bitterness. Thus the movie rises above diatribe or political tract to tragedy.
This is a life observed in small detail. The cumulative effect, however, is devastating. I only wish every fundamentalist in the world can be made to see it.
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